Train Effective Afghan Teachers

Aug 17, 2012

A Success Story From One of AIL's Students

Since its beginning, AIL has taken great pains to train our teachers to instruct students using techniques which help the students truly understand their subject instead of just learning by rote. When you speak to the students of these teachers, you can hear that this training is working. Maisam is a 13 year old student at a high school near one of AIL’s rural centers. In addition to her regular school schedule, she is attending the center’s classes in English and Math. Maisam says, “I began taking classes and because of my teacher’s efforts I can now solve very difficult questions and help my friends, sisters and brothers. Before beginning classes at the center, I didn’t know even one word of English. Now I can speak English and it is all due to the efforts of my teacher. I am very thankful to AIL and to my teachers.”

Thank you for your donations, which make the training of our wonderful teachers possible, and helps create a brighter future for girls like Maisam!

May 24, 2012

A Busy First Quarter

It has been a busy first quarter for the Teacher Training Staff of the Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL).  Already this year, three separate Technique Seminars have been held, with 95 teachers attending.  Additionally, 22 mini-workshops have been held with teachers at the AIL Learning Centers.  These mini-workshops covered subjects such as “new teaching methods”, “administrative tasks”, “the value of lesson plans” and “solving student’s problems”.

Fifteen teachers attended a two-day seminar that referenced peace and leadership.  Another 18 teachers were involved in two separate five-day trainings regarding reproductive health.

The remainder of the year is full of trainings in Technique and many other subjects.  We expect to reach a very large number of teachers in 2012.

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Apr 5, 2012

Sharing Good News

Since 1995, the Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL) has been helping Afghans lift themselves above the devastation of war by providing education, training, health care, and health education.  AIL’s approach is to interlink health and education programs, like building blocks that together form a whole structure.  While delivering these basic services AIL has also been able to promote critical thinking skills and model and teach human rights, women’s rights, peace, democracy, and leadership. With new skills and information, Afghans are becoming empowered and hopeful. Through your financial support, you have been a part of these seeds of systemic change.

 Through the natural progression that exists when people begin to think for themselves, AIL often receives requests from Afghans who want to find ways to work together to promote love, understanding, and forgiveness to their people in order to return to a peaceful way of life; the way of their country’s history.  Supported by Fetzer Institute,  AIL is responding to these requests by holding an International Conference on Love and Forgiveness this Spring that will be shared throughout the country and internationally via film.  This conference will focus on the study of Afghan poets and musicians, particularly the work of Mawlana (Rumi).  Participating in the conference will be poets, writers, Sufis and government representatives from all parts of Afghanistan and the world.

 Joining the Conference, in person, or via film or writings, are:

  • Poet Coleman Barks; known as the pre-eminent translator of Rumi, the great 13th century poet and teacher.  Mr. Barks’ writings and translations have filled 15 books that are more popular than other renderings of these ancient words.  They make Rumi’s raptures accessible to the world beyond their creation.
  • Stephen Olsson, President of CEM Productions, has produced and directed documentary films, television series and feature news reports throughout the world for US and European broadcasters.  He also produced and directed: Afghanistan: The Fight For A Way of Life, which was broadcast throughout the world and cited by The New York Times as one of the best documentary films of the year.
  • Divine Mother Audrey Kitagawa, a former attorney, practiced in Honolulu for twenty years, and became the spiritual leader of The Light of Awareness International Spiritual Family, a worldwide community based in Hawaii. Divine Mother Audrey is a prolific writer on matters of spirituality and multiculturalism and serves on many global, spiritual and UN advisory boards, including as Advisor to the World Federation of United Nations Associations.

 AIL invites you to join Afghans in thought and through your own study of music and poetry that brings us all closer to the peaceful world we endeavor to achieve.

Mar 1, 2012

Reaching Many Through Training



The total number of teachers trained by the Afghan Institute of Learning in 2011 was
1,722.  Imagine the number of students that these teachers are
reaching!  If each teacher has twenty students (Afghan classes tend
to be larger) in their class – that means that 34,440 students are being taught
by trained teachers in the first year alone!  Each year that these
trained teachers continue teaching, they reach more and more students and that
number grows substantially.  In addition, we know that those
teachers share their knowledge and experience with their fellow teachers to help
them better understand various teaching methods.


 Please keep in mind that Wednesday, March 14, 2012 is Bonus Day
through Global Giving.  Donations up to $1,000.00 will be provided
with a 30% match.  The bonus allotment is $50,000.00 and the period
runs from 12:01 AM EST until the funds are exhausted.  So, if you
would like your donation to go a little further with the help of Global Giving,
give early on March 14th.  Thank you!

Dec 22, 2011

More Teachers Trained

From January through September of this year, 1,266 teachers have been trained by the staff of the Afghan Institute of Learning.  In addition to the Technique Seminars, where they learn the hands-on methodologies of teaching, the teachers are attending workshops and seminars sponsored by AIL.  Topics that these teachers have studied include Health, Democracy, Peace, Leadership and others.

Here is what one of those teachers had to say:

“I am one of the teachers of this school. Since I have taken AIL’s seminar, I can feel changes in my teaching methods because I am getting very good input from my students and I am very much glad and satisfied. AIL’s seminar teaches us how to use available and natural materials for our lessons and how to stimulate students and how to get a student to participate in the class work such as group work and asking questions.  Through which the students can take the lesson easily and comprehensively and also I learned how to make plans (annual plans, monthly plans and daily plans) so a teacher can be successful by having plans.”

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Toc Dunlap

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Dearborn, Michigan United States

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